Is your phone’s home screen cluttered with pages of apps, including some apps you’ve never used? Sure, you’ll always be able to find the program you want by searching or using this voice assistant or by browsing the app drawer. App access can be accelerated if you have your icons configured in a useful order And You take advantage of shortcut menus and widgets. Here’s a guide to streamlining your home screen.

First, audit your collection. As a precaution, you can also reclaim storage space.

On many recent Android phones, including models from Google and Samsung, you can see an alphabetical list of all your apps by swiping from the bottom of the screen to open the app drawer. (Depending on the Android version and carrier, you may have an apps button, and icons for installed apps will not automatically appear on the home screen.)

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In iOS 14 and later, apps are automatically sorted by category in the app library, which you can see by repeatedly swiping left until you reach the last screen. Tap the search field at the top to see a complete list of installed applications.

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In fact, if you want to keep the home screen to a minimum, you can choose to have newly downloaded apps appear not only on the home screen but only in the app library; Just open the settings icon, select the home screen and make your choice.

Now that you’ve taken stock, it’s time to dump the apps you never used. Steps for Android users are based on system software, but try pressing and dragging the app down on the uninstall icon at the top of the screen. To delete a bunch of apps at once, open the Google Play app, tap your profile icon in the upper-right corner, and select “Manage apps and devices.” On the next screen, tap the Manage tab, select the apps you want to delete, and tap the Trash icon at the top of the screen.

You can also long-press the icon until the menu appears, select the application info, and then tap Uninstall on the app’s info page.

In iOS 14, long press the application icon to open the menu with the Delete option. To hack multiple apps at once, long press the empty area of ​​the home screen until the icons start to appear. Then tap “-” on the corner of each unwanted application and confirm your decision.

To edit the full home-screen pages of apps (including hiding or displaying pages), long press on an empty area of ​​the screen until wiggling begins and tap the row of dots at the bottom to open the Edit Pages screen.

Want to rearrange the order of icons – including rows of favorite programs at the bottom of the home screen? On most phones, just press and hold your finger until you see the outline of the screen or the wiggling icons you want to move, then drag the icon to a new position.

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On both Android and iOS, you can also sort the app icons into folders on your home screen, asking them to integrate all your photography apps. To create an application folder, just drag one icon over the other. Tap the folder icon to keep the name. Once the folder is set, drag (or out) additional application icons.

With some applications, you can use popular functions without opening the program completely. When you long press the app’s icon in the latest versions of Android and iOS systems, look for the Quick Actions menu.

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On some Android phones, you can drag these shortcuts from the menu to the home screen for faster access.

Widgets are mini-versions of applications that display small bits of information. To add a widget to Android 9 and later, swipe to the home screen you want to use, then press and hold your finger on the blank area. When the menu appears, select Widgets.

Press your finger on the widget version you want and drag it to the home screen; Some widgets can be changed by pressing the icon and adjusting the profile. To remove a widget, long press it and drag it to the Remove field at the top of the screen.

To add to widgets iOS 14 and later, long press an app or empty screen area until the icons wiggle. Tap the Add (+) button in the upper-left corner and select the widget from the menu.

To save screen space, add a “smart stack” – a swipe-ready range of widgets – or create your own stacks by dragging widgets on top of each other. To edit or remove a widget, long press the widget and select the menu option.